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Charles W Johns, Samuel H Rizzotte: Magnetic damping for specimen transport system. Beckman Coulter, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, March 10, 2015: US08973736 (9 worldwide citation)

A specimen transport system with magnetic damping and method for transporting specimens with magnetic damping are disclosed. A conveyance device transports sample carriers configured to carry specimen containers. One or more of the sample carriers include magnets. The system may also include a diver ...


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Charles W Johns, Stephen Otts: Centrifuge system and workflow. Beckman Coulter, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, November 1, 2016: US09482684 (2 worldwide citation)

Systems, methods and apparatus are described for a centrifuge module of a laboratory analysis system. Specimen containers may be weighed, loaded into a centrifuge adapter, and transported to a centrifuge module by an adapter shuttle. A centrifuge adapter gripper may transport the centrifuge adapter ...


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Charles W Johns: System and method for processing samples. Beckman Coulter, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, March 6, 2018: US09910054 (1 worldwide citation)

An analytical laboratory system and method for processing samples is disclosed. The system includes a manager unit, as well as an aliquotter unit and a centrifuge unit.


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Martin Müller, Charles W Johns, Michael Eberhardt: Aliquotter system and workflow. Beckman Coulter, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, November 29, 2016: US09506943

A system is disclosed. The system includes an aliquotter module. The aliquotter module includes a track including: a travel lane; a first loop; and a second loop configured to transport sample carriers with primary sample containers. The aliquotter module can further include a pipettor that can aspi ...


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Charles W Johns, Joseph F Quint, Chi S Chen: Robotic arm. Beckman Coulter, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, September 20, 2016: US09446418

An analytical laboratory system and method for processing samples is disclosed. A sample container is transported from an input area to a distribution area by a gripper comprising a means for inspecting a tube. An image is captured of the sample container. The image is analyzed to determine a sample ...


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Charles W Johns, Luciano Brueggemann, Christian Frenz, Charles Martinez: Mount device utilizing patterned features for rack orientation detection. Beckman Coulter, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, January 16, 2018: US09870494

An embodiment of the invention relates to systems and methods for detecting the orientation of sample carriers using two or more RFID tags. One or two dimensional matrix of equally spaced RFID reader antennas may be positioned beneath or within an area on which racks are placed. The first RFID tag d ...


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Charles W Johns: Rack orientation detection with multiple tags. Beckman Coulter, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, May 10, 2016: US09336422

A first embodiment of the invention relates to systems and methods for detecting the orientation of sample carriers using two or more RFID tags. One or two dimensional matrix of equally spaced RFID reader antennas may be positioned beneath or within an area on which racks are placed. The first RFID ...